We defeated Libya with laser-guided missiles that, NATO said, never ever blew up anyone but the bad guys. It sounded too good to be true – and it was. Now, NATO admits, those laser-guided missiles killed a fair number of civilians – which isn’t a shock. But does leave one loose end.
It may be NATO’s generals believed the myth of laser-guided missiles but shouldn’t at least one of the Great Democracies (or someone, somewhere) have said candidly, Sure, we’ll defeat Gaddafi – but this talk of painless victory is a pipedream.